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Grief Support

Basilica Grief Ministry

Grief Ministry at the Basilica of Saint Mary offers support for anyone in the community who is experiencing the loss of a friend or family member through death. When we lose a loved one, grief can turn our life routine inside out. Sadness, confusion, shock and loneliness may occur.

Sometimes it is important to talk; sometimes just to listen.

Trained volunteers will send cards and letters, make phone calls and provide referral resources to other support ministries in the community.

Downtown Coalition for Grief Support

For many, grief support helps the journey toward healing after the loss of a loved one.

If you or someone you know has experienced loss, we want to offer you our prayers, concern and support.

See the schedule of meetings.  Call the Downtown Coalition for Grief Support at 612.317.3454.

Contact Cathy Edwards for more information.  

What can you expect if you attend?

You will walk into a room full of people who understand what you’re going through.

  • They'll get you through the first months, holidays, and anniversaries.
  • You can come whenever you need solace and support.
  • You can speak of your loved one, no matter how much time has passed.

Are you nervous about attending for the first time?

For some, it's not easy to go to a support group meeting. Know that there are no expectations. What you say. What you do. Whether you share. It is all up to you.

This is a safe place filled with people just like you — people who have been devastated and surprised by the magnitude of their losses.

  • Volunteers acknowledge the anniversary of a loss with cards and letters, expressing the support and prayers of The Basilica community.
  • We make calls and offer resources to those grieving the loss of a loved one.

Upcoming Events

Feb 20
2018
Tuesday
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6:00 PM
Mental Health Ministry Fifth Annual Film FestivalTuesdays in February, Doors open at 6:00pm, films start at 6:30pmSaint Ambrose Room, Ground LevelEach Tuesday in February  a new title will be...
Feb 22
2018
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! Did you know that every Thursday evening from 6-8:15pm, a team of dedicated volunteers hosts “Pathways”,  our faith-based series...
The Death of Mary
Feb 24
2018
Saturday
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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Decisive Moments is a three-part series anticipating a time in your life where you may find yourself caring or being cared for, short term or long term, with the possible responsibilities of planning...
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Hands raised
Feb 25
2018
Sunday
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1:00 PM
#MeToo: A Community Conversation and a Christian ResponseFebruary 25, 1:00-3:00pmTeresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower Level Join us for a community conversation about the current cultural movement...
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Feb 27
2018
Tuesday
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6:00 PM
Mental Health Ministry Fifth Annual Film FestivalTuesdays in February, Doors open at 6:00pm, films start at 6:30pmSaint Ambrose Room, Ground LevelEach Tuesday in February  a new title will be...
Mar 1
2018
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! Did you know that every Thursday evening from 6-8:15pm, a team of dedicated volunteers hosts “Pathways”,  our faith-based series...
The Death of Mary
Mar 3
2018
Saturday
at
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Decisive Moments is a Three-part series anticipating a time in your life where you may find yourself caring or being cared for, short term or long term, with the possible responsibilities of planning...
Register
Mar 4
2018
Sunday
at
1:00 PM
Basilica parishioners made two trips to our southern border in 2017.  They spent several weeks in El Paso, TX, and traveled to the U.S. border of Arizona and Nogales, Mexico. They heard moving,...
Mar 8
2018
Thursday
at
6:00 PM
Make a positive change in your life in just 10 weeks! Did you know that every Thursday evening from 6-8:15pm, a team of dedicated volunteers hosts “Pathways”,  our faith-based series...
Mar 8
2018
Thursday
at
6:30 PM
Job search can be tremendously stressful. You get little feedback, spend significant time applying to clunky company websites, and often have too much time alone to ruminate in your thoughts.  In...